October 2013

Delaware Reentry Center (RRC) Open House Photo Gallery:
Click thumbnail to enlarge image On May 28, 2013, the Delaware Residential Reentry Center (RRC) opened in Wilmington, Delaware and the Community Open House was held on October 18. The program is for preferably medium - to high-risk clients, men and women, returning home from federal prison. Programming is also available for offenders under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office, who may have committed a technical violation of their supervision. Full capacity for the RRC is 34 people.

The District of Delaware was one of the very few districts in the United States not to have a federal halfway house for re-entering ex-offenders. Evidence has consistently pointed to the fact that well-operated halfway houses are an effective means to reduce recidivism. This void had placed Delaware's returning inmates in a challenging situation, often without proper supports in their efforts to change their lives. Compounding the situation is that Wilmington, Delaware is the sixth most violent city in the United States due to gun violence.

Community Solutions Inc. recognized the compelling need for such programming and persevered through a multitude of obstacles to see this dream become a reality. The structure is a multi-million dollar facility, nestled in a relatively safe enclave on the east side of Wilmington. Meals are catered by The Hospitality School which trains ex-offenders in the skill of culinary arts. Two resident of the RRC just graduated from the school and were placed in full-time jobs. The halfway house also has created an urban garden in the backyard of the site. Residents help care for the garden and pick the herbs and vegetables which are then given to the caterer for consumption the House meals.

The Community Open House was held on a beautifully brilliant fall day which drew a large gathering. The guests included the Chief U.S. District Court Judge for Delaware, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, the Federal Public Defender for Delaware, Delaware's Commissioner of Corrections, the Warden of the nearby state prison, a City Councilwoman, U.S. Probation Chief, Wilmington Police officers, RRC residents, and neighbors.